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Published: 18 Oct 2012

Microsoft SharePoint is gaining in popularity as a corporate collaboration tool; it's great for office efficiency, but tough on backups. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is an interesting suite of applications. I've heard from a number of users who extol its collaboration methods, but from a backup perspective, SharePoint is somewhat analogous to VMware and other server virtualization technologies. SharePoint may be solving the world's problems, but how do you back this thing up? (Interestingly, the backup solutions for SharePoint and VMware are eerily similar; more on that later.) The challenge with backing up SharePoint is that it's not just one application, but a suite of applications that work together. Each SharePoint portal consists of one or more Web servers, application servers, query servers and index servers, all of which store their data in multiple SQL Server databases (at minimum, one content database and one configuration database). In a very small environment these can all be placed on a single physical server, but they're typically ... Access >>>

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    • Backing up SharePoint by W. Curtis Preston

      Microsoft SharePoint is gaining in popularity as a corporate collaboration tool—it's great for office efficiency, but tough on backups.

    • Making the case for solid-state storage by Dennis Martin

      With a variety of solid-state implementations available, it's time to take a serious look at how the technology could enhance your storage environment.

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    • Backup is too hard

      Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

    • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed? by Lauren Whitehouse

      One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

    • NFS a good match for VMware by Tony Asaro

      With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

    • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

      Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.

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